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Johnstone Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Inverness, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 462 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A very well-maintained trail in the coastal headlands that lead you to some very secluded shoreline. An excellent option is you want to get away from the crowds. Users have reported that there is an abundance of poison oak near the trail.

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10 months ago

Nothing of note, but the secluded pebble beach isn’t half bad

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11 months ago

I started on the Johnstone trail at Hearts Desire and took it all the way to Shell Beach. On the return trip, I took the Johnstone trail to Jepson trail back to Hearts Desire. Between Hearts Desire beach and the fire road, I found the trail to be overgrown in spots. I kept going. The beaches at 8:30 am were empty. Lots of shade on the trail. No very steep parts. One part of the trail was unmarked: an unmarked fork about a mile before Shell Beach. Stay left. Shell Beach was worth it. Very beautiful and not too crowded when I first arrived. Many children began to arrive for swim lessons around noon. Jepson trail on the way back seemed to be better maintained. Saw some chipmunks/squirrels. Lots of flowers.

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Wed Mar 20 2019

The trail was nice and decently maintained. It was mossy and lush with a lot of ferns. I had been looking for a beach hike and I would not reccomend it for that. You have to leave to trail to get to the beach and even. Tthe beach is some kind of protected waterway so it doesn't have any waves or the drama of the Pacific. you can also see land on the other side, so it feels more like a lake. also, there is an awkward part of the trail that cuts through a picnic area.

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Tue Sep 11 2018

Good for a relatively quick hike down to Pebble Beach. Views when down by the bay lovely — less interesting higher up.

Sun Jul 08 2018

Beautiful trail but TONS of poison oak!

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Mon Jun 25 2018

We took our ten month old out in his hiking backpack for his first outing and we were pleased with this trail! We would definitely do it again. Plenty of shade, some pretty flowers and a nice beach rest at the end. Also, we saw tons of bat rays in the water on the bay. Very cool!

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Sun Apr 29 2018

Great hike with some beautiful views both at the top and near the shoreline where there’s access to picnic tables and bbq grills if interested.

Tue Jul 04 2017

nice moderate hike, especially for kids

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Tue Sep 06 2016

Easy trail. Not too much hikers on a labor day weekend. Bonus is hearts desire beach is nearby.

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Sun Feb 28 2016

We hiked the Shell Beach trail. The hike was very easy and short only a little over a mile out and back. The San Andreas fault line runs through Tomales Bay. The view from Shell Beach is very panoramic. We went at low tide when the rocks on the beach were covered with mussels. It's a nice short hike and the beach is a good spot for a picnic or fishing ;)

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